GOOD FOR YOU: Roles reversed as students teach their parents how to play an instrument
November 1, 2012
Windsor Middle School played some role reversal recently. Instead of parents teaching their children some lessons, the sixth-graders provided some lessons to their parents.
During the Windsor Middle School sixth-grade band and orchestra concert this month, the students not only performed for their families, but they spent 10 minutes teaching their parents the basics of their instruments.
According to principal Doug Englert, the exercise was meant to accomplish a couple of things.
“First, it was a hands-on activity where the band and orchestra students had to figure out how to teach the basics of their instruments to their parents,” Englert said. “This reinforces their learning as they have to process their skills and decide how they pass their knowledge along. Second, this is an activity that helps the parents realize the tremendous amount of learning and growth their students have accomplished in the previous eight weeks.”
The lesson lets the parents see how well-versed their child is with their musical instrument.
“It gives everyone a new respect for their children’s hard work and for the difficulties of learning a musical instrument,” Englert said.